Suleman Dawood, a 19-year-old university student, mustered up the courage to accompany his father, Shahzada Dawood, on a perilous journey to explore the wreckage of the Titanic.
However, Suleman’s initial reservations and profound terror proved justified as the tragedy unfolded. Alongside him on the ill-fated Titan submersible were Stockton Rush, the CEO of OceanGate and Titan’s pilot, British businessman Hamish Harding, and French explorer Paul Henry Nargeolet. Regrettably, all five souls on board fell victim to a catastrophic implosion, including Suleman.
In the days leading up to the launch off the Canadian coast, Suleman expressed his hesitance and intense fear about the Titanic exploration. Despite his apprehension, the allure of pleasing his Titanic enthusiast father on Father’s Day weekend persuaded him to embark on OceanGate’s 22-foot submersible.
Suleman’s aunt, Azmeh Dawood, shared her concerns for his safety, imagining him struggling for breath in the deep sea. Devastatingly, her worst fears came true as the confirmation of Suleman’s tragic fate arrived days later, leaving Azmeh in disbelief and heartbreak.
Azmeh and Shahzada Dawood belong to one of Pakistan’s most prominent corporate dynasties, known for their influential business empire, Dawood Hercules Corp, with investments spanning agriculture, healthcare, and other sectors.
The Titanic expedition that began with great anticipation ultimately descended into a devastating calamity when the submersible suffered a catastrophic implosion, severing all communication on that fateful Sunday. The US Coast Guard and OceanGate Expeditions confirmed the unfortunate news of the demise of all five individuals aboard the Titan.
Thursday brought the discovery of scattered parts of the submersible, approximately 1,600 feet from the bow of the Titanic wreckage, further emphasizing the magnitude of the tragedy. The loss of young Suleman and his fellow explorers serves as a grim reminder of the perils beneath the ocean’s unforgiving depths.